Thursday, December 15, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Ashley Forester participates in pageant

Linda Stubbs recently visited her son, Everette Stubbs in Washington, D.C and joined Everette at the White House staff Christmas Party.

She enjoyed meeting President and Mrs. Bush and seeing the White House holiday decorations. Everette is the deputy director of presidential messages at the White House. During her visit to Washington, Linda and Everette also attended the National Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert at the Kennedy Center.

Ashley Forester participated in the Miss Teen Mississippi Magnolia pageant in Vicksburg, on December 3 and 4. Ashley was thrilled that she placed in the Top 15. This was her first state pageant; she really looked great and had a fun time. Accompanying her on the weekend trip were her parents, John and Judy Forester, and her new puppy, Tucker.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lane of Wichita Falls, Texas have been at their home in Waterford several weeks. Steve, Laurie, Michael, Matthew, Marc, McLane and Mikayla Ballenger of Arlington, Texas were Thanksgiving guests. Laurie is the daughter of the Lanes. Nancy served as hostess at Featherston Place for the Christmas Tour of Homes.

Bob Mackley travelled north to our fair town from the hurricane-ravaged Mississippi Gulf Coast this weekend. He stayed with Gene and Mary Clay Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady. Bob said, “You never realize how horrible it is on the Coast (as you see it every day) until you leave.”

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Ritter-Smith vows said in October 29 ceremony

Elizabeth Anne Smith and William Lee Ritter were married Oct. 29 at Graham Manor in Mentone, Ala. The Rev. Chris Denson officiated. Pianist Tony Giordano provided musical accompaniment.

The bride is the daughter of Darlys Jean Smith, of Ft. Payne, Ala., and Patrick Stephen Smith, of Ft. Payne, Ala. She is the granddaughter of Judy Weems, of Erwin, Tenn.

She is a 2000 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., a 2003 graduate of Loyola University School of Law.

The groom is the son of Rebecca Faulkner Ritter, of Holly Springs.

He is a 2003 graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was attended by Tamara JoAnne Watson, maid of honor. Honorary bridesmaids were Sheila Kathleen Jacobson, Jessica Ann Millard, Emily Clare Waller, and Holly Kroll Smith. Flower girls were Avery Elizabeth Smith and Halle Katherine Smith, both nieces of the bride.

Best man was John Mark Ritter, brother of the groom. Ushers were Michael David Seale, Steven Alton Ash, Jeremy Isom Melton, and Jason Dewayne Deleo.

A reception was at the Mentone Springs Hotel with music provided by Captain Soularcat.

After a honeymoon trip to Sonoma, Calif., and San Francisco, Calif., the couple resides in Birmingham, Ala.

The bride is employed at Goodrich Law Firm LLC in Birmingham, Ala.

The groom is employed by Compass Bank in Birmingham, Ala.

A life-long explorer


This is Scott Swaney, atop the highest mountain peak, somewhere in California.

Scott is an explorer and has been all of his life. A long time ago, before he could walk, he took his wooden playpen apart and brought me the pieces. If he’d been able to talk, he’d have said, “Don’t fence me in!”

Scott is the “old timer” of inline skating in the United States. He has won many races, although he is sometimes 25 or 30 years older than the other participants in the race.

In write-ups in the Los Angeles Times newspaper, he is called an anomaly -- different and not easily classified.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Season’s greetings from Museum

Season’s greetings to all you wonderful people out there in Marshall County and Holly Springs. It’s a great time of the year.

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